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Spirit and Soul: Art by Donald Walker at The Basilica of Saint Mary

Spirit and Soul: Art by Donald Walker at The Basilica of Saint Mary

An exhibit of work by Donald Walker runs through February 26 in the Pope John XXIII gallery at The Basilica of Saint Mary, 88 North 17th Street in Minneapolis.  Gallery hours are: Sundays 7:30 AM - 8:00 PM, Saturdays 10:00 am - 6:30 PM, and other times by appointment. 

Much of Walker’s work is bright, bold and colorful, drawing people to it.  Nationally known artist Donald Walker began his distinguished career as the first African-American artist to work at the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Walker has had the honor of painting portraits for Vidal Sassoon, Bill Cosby, the late Sammy Davis Jr., Sugar Ray Leonard, Dave Winfield, musician Prince, and Dennis Green. 

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A poets tribute

A poets tribute

There is a place in the universe
Diversity space for all of us
A time to live, A time to die

Celebrate the memories
We leave behind

A peace dove sits on Heaven's gates
She bows her head as she waits
For you to rest in peace

   

Almost to Freedom

Almost to Freedom

Almost to Freedom, Steppingstone Theater’s latest stage production is a period piece, charting the heroic journey of three siblings planning their escape to the Underground Railroad.  After having watched their parents and older siblings get sold off to other plantations, their desire to escape begins with a need to stay together as a family – something that seems impossible for every slave during this horrific era.  

At a closer angle on Freedom, we venture into the life of the youngest of the three siblings— a sweet girl, who dotes upon a rag doll given to her by her older sister- a doll, that comes to life in this young girls world to serve as a friend, a confident and an eternal witness to the tragedies going on around them. The play was written by Kim Hines, and is based on the book by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, and if my opinion means anything, it is one of the best productions I’ve seen in a while.

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PACER Center wins at the Grammy Awards

PACER Center wins at the Grammy Awards

 

“All About Bullies… Big and Small” named Best Children’s Album

When the Grammy Award for Best Children’s Album was presented last Sunday in Los Angeles, PACER Center was one of the winners. PACER Center, based in Minnesota, is a national parent center serving all youth, with a special emphasis on children with disabilities. The CD All About Bullies… Big and Small received music’s highest award, and all proceeds from its sale go to support the mission of PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center. All About Bullies… Big and Small features a unique mix of poems and songs about bullies on the bus, cyberbullies, children who don’t fit in, and children who are learning to stand up for themselves. “The CD creatively speaks to all children through music and poetry,” said Julie Hertzog, director of PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center. “It offers a beautiful way to educate children about the universal theme of treating one another with kindness.”

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Black comedy comes to the Twin Cites

Black comedy comes to the Twin Cites

 

With an abundance of comedy clubs, theaters and workshops operating in the Twin Cities, one might think it would be relatively easy to find a place to see black (or urban as some call it) comedy.

Unfortunately, for area fans of black comedy, with the rare exceptions of a couple of large-scale tours, seeing urban comedians live has become a daunting task. But with the launch of the Northern Exposure Comedy Series, finding such shows should become a lot easier. The series, which kicks off on Wednesday, Feb. 22nd at the Fine Line Music Café, 318 First Ave. N, is bringing two headlining comedians, Damon Williams and Brandon “Hot Sauce” Glover.

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Let Cab Calloway take you on a tour of Harlem’s jazz scene

A new animated video of NYC jazz legend Cab Calloway narrating a tour of Harlem's 1930s jazz scene:
http://www.thirteen.org/metrofocus/culture/let-cab-calloway-take-you-on-a-tour-of-harlems-jazz-scene/
 
This embeddable video is an excerpt from the new music documentary American Masters Cab Calloway: Sketches -- premiering nationally Monday, February 27 at 10pm (ET/PT) on PBS (check local listings) in honor of Black History Month.

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Syndee Winters Interview

Syndee Winters Interview

As Lion King the Musical prepares to make its exit this weekend from the Orpheum Theater after another successful run, the Tony Award winning production leaves in its trail the residue of peace after having touched the hearts of its thousands of attendees. One talented gal who helped to continue its engaging spark is Syndee Winters, who plays the role of Nala in this current productions run. Winters, who wears many hats brought a fierceness and an infectious strength to this seasons feline hero.  These are attributes that the star carries over to everything she does in life, which is why without a doubt she’s a superstar in the making.

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